Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold cheekily welcomed Darwin Nunez to the club with a message on Twitter.
The Reds announced that they had completed the £64m signing of the Benfica striker on Tuesday evening, with the Uruguayan penning a six-year contract at Anfield following a goal-laden spell in Portugal. He becomes the Reds’ first major addition of the summer transfer window as Jurgen Klopp kicks off the first stage of his Liverpool refresh – Sadio Mane potentially set to be sacrificed as he continues to be linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich.
Nunez looks highly likely to be a more than capable replacement having forged a reputation as one of the most lethal forwards in European football during his spell with Benfica and it is clear that there is delight within the Liverpool camp at the deal.
Alexander-Arnold was among one of the first players to respond to the transfer and penned a welcome message to the forward – as well as also referencing his own creative abilities. Taking to Twitter, the England defender wrote: “Welcome to Liverpool! @Darwinn99. How may I assist you?”
Of course, seeing the pair in the same team is certainly a tantalising prospect. Alexander-Arnold has become one of the most creative defenders in the Premier League over recent seasons and added to his impressive record last term with another 19 assists for Liverpool in all competitions.
Alexander-Arnold’s welcome message also adds to Klopp’s own evaluation of the striker having hailed his abilities in the past. Speaking after Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-finals showdown with Benfica, he said: “An extremely good looking boy, eh? He is a really good boy.
“He played in front of me battling against [Ibrahima] Konate. He was calm for the finish. He is good, really good. If he stays healthy, he has a big career ahead of him.”
In the meantime, whilst Nunez has only been a Liverpool player officially for a number of hours, he has already expressed his motivation at lifting silverware with his new teammates at Anfield. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “When I arrived at the training ground, I was really surprised to see the set-up and the structure and all the trophies here.
“You can then imagine yourself winning more trophies and then later on when you come here again and see the trophies on display, you can say, ‘Look, I was a part of that, I was there at that time, winning trophies.’
“That’s one of the reasons why I came here to Liverpool – to win trophies and titles. I want to win a lot of trophies at Liverpool.”